Tag Archives: Francis

Retirement of a Bishop

My bishop, the Most Rev. Robert J. Baker, S.T.D., turns 75 today. Happy Birthday! Many people of course realize that bishops ordinarily retire when they reach 75, and so are wondering “what happens next” — some are also anxious about … Continue reading

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A (Simplistic?) Thought on Medjugorje

It was recently reported that Pope Francis had authorized pilgrimages to Medjugorje (they had formerly been forbidden — and that directive was widely and flagrantly disobeyed). There is a proviso (which will likely be ignored by many), that these approved … Continue reading

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Christmas Greetings for the Popes, Current and Emeritus

I posted a couple of years about how to send Christmas greetings to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI; those posts have always been very popular. I’m happy to share this information again, in case you want to include … Continue reading

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The Pope of Gestures

Pope Francis has repeatedly been referred to as “the pope of gestures“. It is of note, then, that the Holy Father again celebrated Mass on the high altar of the Sistine Chapel this past Sunday, the Feast of the Baptism … Continue reading

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Christmas Greetings to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict

It’s time once again for many to start thinking about their Christmas cards. My post last year about sending cards to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict was very popular. I again want to share their addresses, for those who … Continue reading

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Where Things Stand With Père Hamel

Several weeks back, upon the news of Fr. Jacques Hamel’s assassination in France at the hands of Muslim terrorists, I put up a post questioning whether it was really wise to jump to the conclusion that he was a martyr … Continue reading

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Mass according to the Rubrics

I’ve posted on various occasions about Mass celebrated ad orientem, “facing east” – that is, with priest and people facing the same direction, toward the altar. You can easily use the search feature on the blog to find some of those … Continue reading

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Follow Your Conscience?

I do not wish to engage in arguments about the Holy Father’s latest document, the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Lætitia. Plenty of others have already done so and surely will continue to do so. My main concern, as a pastor, is that … Continue reading

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The Post-Synodal Exhortation

Many are waiting with baited breath to see how Pope Francis will address the issues of the last two Synods on the Family in his post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, due to be released any time now (some reports say tomorrow, some … Continue reading

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Christmas Cards to the Pope and Pope Emeritus

Many people are working on their Christmas cards now that Thanksgiving has passed – I know I’m trying to get my address list finalized! If you’d like to send Christmas greetings to Pope Francis and/or Pope Emeritus Benedict, these are … Continue reading

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How did ‘ad orientem’ worship go in the Diocese of Lincoln?

Very interesting post from Fr. Z on ad orientem worship in the Diocese of Lincoln: How did ‘ad orientem’ worship go in the Diocese of Lincoln? I previously posted about the topic of ad orientem worship here, here, here, here, here, … Continue reading

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Reparation

In some corners of the Catholic news world, ever since the papal trip to the Philippines, there has been discussion about the desecration of the Holy Eucharist that took place at at least one of the large outdoor Masses that … Continue reading

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